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Quarterly Demographic Estimates
July to September 2006, Preliminary

  • On October 1, 2006, the population of Canada was estimated at 32,730,200, an increase of 106,700 from July 1. The rate of population growth in the third quarter of 2006 (0.33%) is similar to the rate observed in the same quarter of last year.
  • Because its net interprovincial migration remains high, Alberta continues to experience a much faster population growth than the rest of Canada.
  • British Columbia is the only other jurisdiction with above-average population growth and positive net interprovincial migration.
  • For the first time since 1981, Ontario’s third-quarter population growth rate was below the national average. This was primarily due to higher losses in its population exchanges with Alberta.
  • For the first time since the second quarter of 1980, Quebec’s birth rate was higher than the national average.

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